Shot in the dark (retention holster)


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g_one
February 21, 2013, 01:45 PM
Ok, so I've been browsing on and off for months looking for what I want, and I've come to the conclusion that either it doesn't exist and I'm just being WAY too specific, or I fail at searching.
Here's what I want, and maybe the collective here at THR can come together and recommend something:
1. Retention (anything except blackhawk trigger guard. see below regarding safariland*) I'll be using this holster on the motorcycle so some sort of retention is necessary
2. Low ride (open carry. there are plenty of high-ride holsters out there but I just don't like them. At the very least, I want the trigger below the top of my belt. I would prefer even the grip to be down that low)
3. Available for full-sized 1911 government model
4. Secure, reliable belt CLIP, or small paddle of some kind. No belt loops, and no gigantic paddles that are twice as wide as the holster.
5. Material doesn't really matter. Leather or Kydex(or some other kydex-like plastic preferred) but at this point I would even be happy finding something in nylon.

So what do you think guys... am I just being way too picky here?

*regarding Safariland: I absolutely love what I'm seeing about their ALS line of holsters. Retention, without a strap - amazing, and I've read up on the reviews. The problem is that all of their holsters either feature attachments that only use belt-loops, OR there is an alternative that clips on to the belt nice and firmly, however this particular attachment (their 745BL) makes the gun ride VERY high on the hip.

I'm stuck.

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GunUp
February 21, 2013, 02:00 PM
It sounds to me like you are looking for two different ways of carrying your pistol. A suggestion for the 'clip' style in #4 check out http://www.clipdraw.com/ I have one of their clips on my Glock and love it! Another suggestion regarding the open carry, grip below the belt, the reason you may have noticed the pistol riding high on the hip may be because it is too tight. You could try not using both leg straps, some of them are removable, and lengthening the strap that connects to your belt. You should feel comfortable when you cary, in order to do that you need to get what you want. Good luck in your search!
-MS

JTQ
February 21, 2013, 03:48 PM
1. Retention (anything except blackhawk trigger guard. see below regarding safariland*) I'll be using this holster on the motorcycle so some sort of retention is necessary
Good idea for motorcycle riding. There are many retention holsters available.
2. Low ride (open carry. there are plenty of high-ride holsters out there but I just don't like them. At the very least, I want the trigger below the top of my belt. I would prefer even the grip to be down that low)
This should also be pretty easy. Most duty style holster have retention devices and ride relatively low.
3. Available for full-sized 1911 government model
Another easy one, nearly everybody makes a holster for the 1911 Government Model.
4. Secure, reliable belt CLIP, or small paddle of some kind. No belt loops, and no gigantic paddles that are twice as wide as the holster.
Here is the fly in your ointment. Most of the decent paddle holsters, that have some sort of stability and security have fairly large paddles. They are large so that they work.
5. Material doesn't really matter. Leather or Kydex(or some other kydex-like plastic preferred) but at this point I would even be happy finding something in nylon.
Kydex and leather are typically the best holster materials. However, you may look at the military style Bianchi military style holsters, though I don't really know their attachment systems.

http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/CatList.php?numSubCat=26

You may want to look at a snap on/snap off holster with a thumb break, such as the Ritchie CQ-QR/TB

http://www.ritchieholsters.com/catalog/p-100008/close-quarter-quick-release-thumb-break-cq-qrtb

TAKtical
February 21, 2013, 06:41 PM
IWB/OWB convertible made by me?
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj536/gunsandgearguy/2bb22f6cdb728f0eb928d0f13b201043_zpsb0a020a2.jpg

This is just an example and this style could be made to fit your specifications (trigger lower than belt, clips instead of loops etc).

ClickClickD'oh
February 21, 2013, 06:56 PM
*regarding Safariland: I absolutely love what I'm seeing about their ALS line of holsters. Retention, without a strap - amazing, and I've read up on the reviews. The problem is that all of their holsters either feature attachments that only use belt-loops, OR there is an alternative that clips on to the belt nice and firmly, however this particular attachment (their 745BL) makes the gun ride VERY high on the hip.


Take a look at a Safariland with a QLS attachment. The QLS mating leaves a hunk of plastic on your belt when you dismount the holster, but it's nothing that people will notice.

g_one
February 21, 2013, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the input guys. JTQ, and Click: I think between the two of you, I may have found what I'm looking for. I was going to get the QLS anyway to make mounting on my bedside and inside my car easier, and I think I'll just have to suck it up and get over the belt-loop aspect. What's 60 seconds of taking a belt out of a few loops and putting it back in, compared to having as nice a holster as it looks like these Safarilands are

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